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The Icarus Line aka The Thin White Line 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Skyeler Congdon- Onsight Solo
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring-Fall
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Submitted By: Skyeler Congdon on Jun 7, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The Icarus Line traverses into the obvious splitte...

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P1: Find the super sick looking, hands splitter in between Claret Cup Crack and Betty and Ray's Adventure. Traverse into the splitter from the left using a finger crack (5.9). Once in the splitter enjoy classic 5.8 hands for 30 feet.

You could keep keep going but might want to belay at the big ledge to have your belayer close for the sketchy face section.

P2: Walk left 20+ feet crossing Betty and Ray's... and begin up a steep face in the center. Trend left following the natural weakness (5.9 R). There is not a lot of gear (there might be, I wasn't really looking due to my style of ascent). Bring small stoppers! Belay once the angle eases and you find a good stance/ledge.

P3: Keep trending left to the top (5.6). I found that generally the steeper the rock the better quality. Depending where you belay this may be a short pitch.

This is a killer line, easily the best one up the Sun Tower so far.


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The second pitch climbs the face above the bushy ledge 20 ft left of Betty and Ray following the obvious weakness. Once the angle eases back keep going left looking for the steeper rock.  Betty and Ray's Adventure is the obvious corner on the bottom right that then goes straight up.
BETA PHOTO: The second pitch climbs the face above the bushy l...

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By Skyeler Congdon
From: his van
Jun 12, 2010

It's possible, if not likely, that the first pitch of this route was climbed before me. It may have been done as a variation to Betty and Ray's. However, because I climbed a completely different line than Betty's, and because I was so psyched on the quality, I added it to this database.

But if anyone knows of an earlier ascent (or if we can get the Eakles on here), and wants to let me know, I'll happily change the FA info. I was surprised that the first pitch splitter was not in the guidebook.

I really doubt the second pitch, which I suggest is R rated has been done (but its possible). It's great face climbing, but not with much gear. It also may be easier than 5.9 (I was gripped!). Get on it and you'll be ready for Journey Home!
By bob eakle
Dec 29, 2011

We just ventured onto the mountain project site for the first time and saw your description, Skyler, of The Icarus Line. Since you questioned the first ascent history, I'll say that Lisa and I did do the first splitter pitch in the late '90s. We called it 'The Thin White Line'. I like your name better! Kudos to you for your bold style.
We've done some other lines over the years that others have repeated and named. We don't mind who names them, but if anyone does have questions on new routes here, they can always stop by the cabin and share what they've found. Thanks....